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Wickramasinghe, Chandra 1939-

Works: 99 works in 366 publications in 5 languages and 11,628 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: QH325, 577
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Most widely held works about Chandra Wickramasinghe
Most widely held works by Chandra Wickramasinghe
Lifecloud, the origin of life in the universe by Fred Hoyle( Book )

16 editions published between 1978 and 1990 in English and Spanish and held by 1,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution from space : a theory of cosmic creationism by Fred Hoyle( Book )

24 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in 4 languages and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diseases from space by Fred Hoyle( Book )

13 editions published between 1979 and 1991 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cosmic life-force by Fred Hoyle( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Light scattering functions for small particles, with applications in astronomy by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

14 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interstellar grains by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

11 editions published in 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cosmic dragons : life and death on our planet by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, in this account of his pioneering work as an astronomer, sees comets with their magnificent tails of cosmic dust as being both a life giving force for our planet and equally as destroyers of life."--Dust jacket flap
Space travellers : the bringers of life by Fred Hoyle( Book )

10 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theory of cosmic grains by Fred Hoyle( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The problem of the composition of cosmic dust grains has stubbornly defied solution for over half a century. A succession of models have been proposed and their properties worked out for comparison with an ever-expanding body of relevant observational data. The authors began their pioneering work in this field in the 1960s by challenging the then popular ice grain theory. Most controversially they later hypothesised that condensed organic matter in the galaxy is of biological origin, thus linking an old astronomical problem with the question of the origin of terrestrial life. In this book the authors develop the theory of Cosmic Grains on a broad front starting logically from basic mathematical and astronomical premises. The reader is guided through a historical progression of ideas on the nature of grains, leading ultimately to the authors' own point of view, which shows through a clear predictive sequence the important role of complex organic material in the interstellar grains
Comets and the origin of life by Janaki Wickramasinghe( Book )

13 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The idea that comets may be connected with the origin of life on Earth was considered heresy a few decades ago, with scientists shying away from this possibility as if from a medieval superstition. However the case that comets may have contributed at least the complex organic building blocks of life has become very strong, and mechanisms have now been identified whereby comets may incubate and transfer microbial life from one cosmic habitat to another in the Galaxy. The latter process cometary panspermia was pioneered by the late Sir Fred Hoyle and one of the present authors in the early 1980's. A theory that was once controversial is slowly gaining scientific respectability and support. The recent surge of interest in astrobiology has led to a spate of books in astrobiology - combining astronomy and biology - but in most of these, cometary panspermia is dealt with only cursorily. The present book sets out the case for cometary panspermia in a cogent way, combining evidence from space science, celestial mechanics, geology and microbiology. It should be an essential part of any university course on astrobiology, and also serve as a reference textbook for researchers in the field."--Page 4 of cover
Space and eternal life : a dialogue between Chandra Wickramasinghe and Daisaku Ikeda by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fundamental studies and the future of science( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living comets by Fred Hoyle( Book )

4 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From grains to bacteria by Fred Hoyle( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life on Mars? : the case for a cosmic heritage by Fred Hoyle( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astronomical origins of life : steps towards panspermia by Fred Hoyle( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two of the pioneers of the modern version of panspermia - the theory that comets disperse microbial life throughout the cosmos - trace the development of their ideas through a sequence of key papers. A logical progression of thought is shown to lead up to the currently accepted viewpoint that at least the biochemical building blocks of life must have derived from comets. The authors go further, however, to argue that not just the chemicals of life, but fully-fledged microbial cells have an origin that is external to the Earth. Such a theory of cosmic life, once established, would have profound scientific as well as sociological implications. The publication of this book is all the more timely now that we are on the threshold of verifying many of these ideas by direct space exploration of planets and comets
The big bang and God : an astro-theology by Theodore Walker( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Any book that builds bridges between the cosmologist Fred Hoyle and the process philosopher Charles Hartshorne is sure to prove valuable to the modern-day revival of natural theology. The authors of The Big Bang and God are authoritative, and they build their bridges in bite-sized pieces-a novel approach akin to poetry.' - Larry Witham, journalist and author of Piero's Light and Where Darwin Meets the Bible
The search for our cosmic ancestry by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idea that life is a cosmic, rather than a purely terrestrial phenomenon, has progressed from scientific heresy to mainstream science within the short timespan of a few decades. The theory of cometary panspermia developed by Fred Hoyle and the present author in the 1970's has been vindicated by a spate of new discoveries in astronomy and biology, and also with startling new evidence of microbial fossils in meteorites and micrometeorites. The recent Kepler Telescope searches for exoplanets have indicated the presence of over 100 billion habitable planets separated by only a few light years
A journey with Fred Hoyle : the search for cosmic life by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book traces the author's unique scientific journey with one of the most remarkable men of 20th-century science. A research programme which was started in 1962 on the carbonaceous nature of interstellar dust leads, over the next two decades, to developments that are continued in both Cambridge and Cardiff. These developments prompt Hoyle and the author to postulate the organic theory of cosmic dust (which is now generally accepted), and then to challenge one of the most cherished paradigms of contemporary science - the theory that life originated on Earth in a warm primordial soup."--Jacket
Where did we come from? : life of an astrobiologist by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The life story of this book spans many stages of the life and scientific career of one of the foremost astrophysicists/astrobiologists of our times. Starting from his boyhood days, the book describes the author's scientific work over the past 50 years, the ground-breaking discoveries he had made, the controversies generated in the scientific community, and the gradual acceptance of his discoveries. Written in lucid non-technical language it captures the essence of the author's research at Cambridge, his lifelong collaborations with the legendary astronomer of the 20th century, Sir Fred Hoyle, the birth of the subject of astrobiology which they arguably "invented" in 1980, and his continuing ground-breaking research carried out while he was a Professor at Cardiff and later at Buckingham. The book traces the various influences that guided the author through his career, including that of his father who was a Cambridge Wrangler, and the profound influence of Buddhism in his early life. The author has published over 25 books and close to 300 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, over 60 of which were in the journal Nature
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Cosmic dragons : life and death on our planet
Alternative Names
Chandra Wickramasinghe

Chandra Wickramasinghe Astronomer

Chandra Wickramasinghe astronoom uit Sri Lanka

Chandra Wickramasinghe sri-lankischer Astrophysiker

Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe.

Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe 1939-

Wickramasinghe Chandra

Wickramasinghe, Chandra 1939-

Wickramasinghe, N. C.

Wickramasinghe, N. C. 1939-

Wickramasinghe, N. C. (Nalin Chandra), 1939-

Wickramasinghe, Nalin Chandra 1939-

Викрамасингх, Чандра

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ウィクラマシンゲ, Ch

ウィクラマシンゲ, N. チャンドラ

ウィクラマシンゲ, チャンドラ

ウィックラマシンゲ, C

ウィックラマシンジ, C

ウィックラマシンジ, N. C



The theory of cosmic grainsComets and the origin of lifeSpace and eternal life : a dialogue between Chandra Wickramasinghe and Daisaku IkedaLife on Mars? : the case for a cosmic heritageAstronomical origins of life : steps towards panspermiaA journey with Fred Hoyle : the search for cosmic life